Labiaplasty. A procedure that women research in privacy because of potential embarrassment. While some may dismiss the need for a labiaplasty, this is a real issue for some and should be addressed with sensitivity. Labiaplasty is a treatment for women that have excess tissue around the vagina, referred to as the labia minora. The labia minora can become very prominent after childbirth, or in some, even before childbirth.
Having enlarged labia may cause women pain during sex. This excess tissue can also make it difficult for women to wear a bathing suit due to fullness in that region. Labiaplasty can resolve this issue with a simple out-patient procedure to create smaller labia, while at the same time, keeping normal sensation intact.
The labia reduction surgery is performed under deep sedation or general anesthesia, and usually takes about one hour, with little discomfort or pain to the patient. Your plastic surgeon will aim to maintain the natural contour, pigmentation and sensation of the labia minor with minimal scarring. Small incisions are made to remove any excess tissue and to even out the edges of the labia minora. Sutures seal the incision site and these sutures do not require removal and will dissolve within a few weeks.
It’s important to wash this area the night before your procedure with Hibiclens or similar antibacterial soap to minimize the chance for infection around the incisions. Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen or certain herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to disclose everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial. Stop smoking and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure.
Recovery time is relatively short, with patients able to return to work within 3-4 days. You should experience little to no bruising, may shower the following day and may resume having sex in 3-4 weeks after the procedure. The scarring should be indiscernible. Most patients are extremely pleased with their results.
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